The report by the Iraq Study Group is an attempt
by elder statesmen of the American political establishment to take U.S. foreign
policy out of the incompetent hands of President Bush and the self-serving hands
of the Israeli Lobby. The Iraq Study Group's effort may or may not succeed.
Others have expressed disappointment that the ISG elder statesmen did not call
for Bush's impeachment and immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Such wishful thinking caused writers to pour cold water over the establishment's
attempt to save Bush and the U.S. from a "grave and deteriorating"
Even war critic Pat Buchanan
is dismissive of the ISG report. Buchanan, however, comes closer to the
truth than the report's other critics when he writes that the purpose of the
report is to save the establishment from any responsibility for the debacle
that Bush and his neoconservative government have produced.
The Iraq Study Group, which includes Bush's new secretary of defense, Robert
Gates, realizes that far from being the macho superpower that controls the world's
destiny, the U.S. does not even control its own destiny. The U.S. is in a "grave
and deteriorating" situation that can easily result in a far greater calamity
than merely a bruised ego from a lost war. The entire Middle East can come undone.
The real problem is the Israeli Lobby's powerful influence – about which
the Lobby brags – over U.S. policy in the Middle East and Israel's inflexibility
toward the Palestinians, whose land Israel has stolen. As long as Israel exercises
a veto over U.S. policy in the Middle East, the powder keg will remain alight.
The members of the ISG are elder statesmen. They have held high positions and
accumulated the honors. Their careers are behind them. They have nothing to
lose. They can afford to tell the truth and to address the real problem.
If news reports are correct (see, for example, this),
former Secretary of State James Baker has proposed a Middle East peace conference
without Israeli participation. According to an official quoted by Insight
magazine, "As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity
for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure. This has become
the hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month."
According to Insight, "officials said the Baker proposal to exclude
Israel garnered support in the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to
Saudi Arabia on Nov. 25. They said Mr. Cheney spent most of his meetings listening
to Saudi warnings that Israel, rather than Iran, is the leading cause of instability
in the Middle East." The official told Insight that the administration
"has fallen in line," but that "Bush is not in the daily loop.
He is shocked by the elections and he's hoping for a miracle on Iraq."
President Bush lacks the knowledge, judgment, and experience to be in the Oval
Office. He has been deceived and manipulated by neoconservatives who live in
the fantasy world of their own ideology and who have been aligned with Israel's
right-wing Likud Party for most of their careers.
The neoconservatives put Bush and the U.S., along with Iraqis, Afghans, and
Lebanese, in harm's way. Their fantasy enterprise failed, and now they damn
Bush for a lost war that they said would be a cakewalk. Neoconservatives told
Bush that U.S. troops would have flowers thrown at them, not bombs.
Many neoconservatives have been cleared out of the Bush administration. But
other neoconservatives still occupy media positions, which they will continue
to use to lie to the American public. As long as the neoconservatives' protector,
Vice President Cheney, continues to have influence, the Israeli Lobby might
again succeed in overthrowing American public opinion and win its war against
the Iraq Study Group.